Kyle Schwarber Informed Bullpen of New Member by Imitating Craig Kimbrel’s Arm Dangle
Even more than the scraggly beard he’s cultivated, Craig Kimbrel is best known for a unique pre-pitch stance in which he leans forward with his right arm out and his hand dangling. It’s impossible to mistake him for anyone else out there on the mound and it’s a look many have taken to mimicking, either in flattery or mocking.
When Kyle Schwarber heard the news of Kimbrel’s signing early in Wednesday’s game, he decided to have a little fun with the left field bleacher crowd. Fans were already buzzing about it, so Schwarber dropped down into the funky stance to warm up with bullpen catcher Chad Noble. And that’s how the relievers out in the ‘pen learned they’d gotten a new teammate.
How did Cubs bullpen find out that the team signed Kimbrel?
Right after the news broke, Schwarber went out to LF and was doing the Kimbrel arm dangle as he played catch with bullpen catcher Chad Noble to warm up for the inning.
— Tony Andracki (@TonyAndracki23) June 6, 2019
Schwarber heard Kimbrel news while in clubhouse early in Wednesday’s game. When he went out to play catch in left before an inning, he heard fans in bleachers yelling about it, too.
Schwarber then imitated Kimbrel’s delivery.
“That’s when I knew,” Cishek said. “We got him.”
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) June 6, 2019
The Kimbrel signing has already impacted the Cubs, even the position players. David Bote was so jacked about the news, he went out and walloped a three-run homer to put the Cubs on the board. Then he followed it up with four more runs driven in.
“I was like, ‘Sick!'” Bote joked after the game. “That’s awesome. I’m super excited.”
I’m guessing he’s really just happy to have someone with whom to swap beard-grooming tips.